On the day we learned Colin Powell died, Donald Trump issued the following statement:
Could there not be any better proof that Donald Trump lacks the character and integrity to be in any position of authority, much less President of the United States? Powell volunteered for the army and had a military career 35 years long in which he rose to the rank of General and held several leadership positions. As a young man, he had two tours of duty in Vietnam. During the first he was wounded when he stepped on a punji stake, making it difficult to walk. During the second, he survived a helicopter crash and single-handedly rescued three passengers from the burning wreckage.
Of course, Jefferson was in France during the Constitutional Convention and played no part in drafting the Constitution, much less being its "principal writer." (James Madison is considered the "principal writer" of the Constitution.) But why should we expect the President of the United States to have an understanding of how our Constitution was developed? Of course, Trump displayed a complete disregard for our Constitution when he was President.
Speaking of Bannon, the fact he, Trump and their ilk are using the courts solely for the purpose of delaying the January 6th's Select Committee's investigation of the insurrection until it's too late really ticks me off. I've been an attorney for 34 years. In civil and criminal proceedings, if someone ignores a subpoena or makes an obviously bogus argument like executive privilege, the matter gets resolved in days, a week or two tops. There is no reason for drawn out legal proceedings to decide these rather simple issues. And when it comes to their judicial proceedings, courts generally are extremely intolerant of people using legal proceedings to "win" via delay. Why then do courts treat legislative action differently?Contrary to public perception, courts can act quickly when they want to. You have your regular docket, then you have emergency type matters that are expedited. When someone is making bogus legal arguments to effectuate delay, the courts should expedite the matter and give the recalcitrant litigant a boot to the backside.But there is no reason for Congress to continue running to courts to enforce their own subpoenas. Courts have ruled that Congress has inherent contempt powers, i.e. Congress can enforce its own subpoenas. I don't care that Congress hasn't done it in a 100 years, now is time to start doing it again. Put a few low level people in jail to send a message that these orders are going to be enforced. (I know Congress doesn't have jail cells any more, but jurisdictions needing jail cells rent them all the time. I'm sure DC has a few cells available.) Also, Congress needs to start hitting these people with fines which increase each day that there is non-compliance. Those fines can attach as a lien to property they own, even without a separate enforcement action. That will get their attention.